March 4, 2011 by David Weiner-Maccabi NSW
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Harry Stein has been awarded life membership of the lawn bowls club as recognition of 21 years of service.

Stein, who stepped down as president and was replaced by Maccabi NSW’s patron Louis Platus, received the award as a complete surprise at last week’s AGM.

“I didn’t know anything about it. It came as a surprise When it was confirmed I had life membership, I was just bewildered. I didn’t expect anything like it,” Harry reflected.

“I just worked for the club because I wanted to work for the club; it was my personal interest to keep the club going.

“Maybe they thought; 10 years as president – what I’ve done for the club, it’s a good innings!”

Harry reflects fondly on his time involved, which includes 17 carnivals, but says one of his favourite achievements was the creation of MAI lawn bowls carnivals at Surfers Paradise.

“It was something new which we started; we opened it up to all those people who would have gone to carnival and made a holiday carnival out of it at Broadbeach Bowling Club.

“And I did well in that first one, and remember winning the pairs with Harry Stern. Stern and Stein … a bit of double there!”

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Fellow Lawn Bowls Life Member Life Member Alan Rosenberg presents Harry (L) with his plaque.

Maccabi NSW’s lawn bowls guild, with around 120 members, thrives with a social role that plays a bit part alongside the competition down at Double Bay Bowling Club.

“They do enjoy themselves,” Harry added.

“We lose members, we get members, some have their own ideas. We’ve now got a very big contingent of South Africans; they’re all champions.

“We have outings, mystery bus trips, we just had 94 people on a recent harbour cruise and when we go on the mystery bus trip people fight for seats.

“We do a great job; you’re only as good as the people who support you – and this year we’ve got 14 on the committee.”

2011 Lawn Bowls committee:
President Louis Platus OAM;  Vice Presidents Peter Goldman and Harry Stein; Honorary Treasurer Terence Joffe; Honorary Secretary Shmuel Abrahams; Bowls Secretary Bernie Garden; Publicity Office Dafna Orbach; Committee Members Barrie Brickman, Sol Caganhoff, Sam Ginges, Sid Glick, Philip Joel, Rod Silber, John Wineberg.

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